In the last episode of Southern Food Junkie where we stopped by a franchise restaurant, I mentioned how I love to eat at sandwich shops for lunch. I guess I am like other people and I have my favorite thing to eat at each place I go. When I go to Jersey Mike’s Sub shop it has to be the #16 Chicken Philly sandwich.
There are many things that I love about this sandwich but I would say the main thing is the creamy cheese that is on it.
I also love how the thin meat gets caramelized from the griddle that they cook it on. The peppers they use are also so good.
I overheard one employee talking the other week about the peppers they use. He has said that they were marinated. He also said that there were jalapeno peppers in the mix.
I do see red, orange, and green bell peppers but no jalapenos. Either way, I can tell they taste different than regular bell peppers so we will go along with the marinated version. Either way, they are great.
According to their website, Jersey Mike’s started in 1959. It was a regular mom-and-pop shop at that time. It wasn’t until 1971 when a young man by the name of Peter Cancro started working there that the shop took a turn.
He overheard the owner saying that he wanted to sell the business. He borrowed the money from his high school football coach and at the ripe age of 17, he bought it. It is from these humble beginnings that Jersey Mike’s was formed.